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EU: Your web doctor will see you now – software as a medical device

Patients nowadays have access to an enormous range of medical knowledge through social media, websites and health apps (in combination with wearables). The latter have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their ability to monitor in real time pulse, blood pressure, blood glucose levels and other parameters. Doctors are also intrigued by the […]

Supreme Court upholds ‘no oral variation’ clause

By Emma Davies The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Rock Advertising Ltd v MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd [2018] UKSC 24 upheld the validity of a clause that limited the parties’ freedom to vary their contract orally. In reversing the Court of Appeal’s decision to find the ‘no oral variation’ or ‘no oral modification (NOM)’ clause binding, […]

Russia’s enduring love for fake luxury and legal action to take

By David Aylen and Elizaveta Osipchuk When reputable social media platforms are involved, rights holders should contact the social media company first and ask it to remove the account. Fortunately, such companies usually collaborate with brand owners as much as possible and take swift measures to block infringing content (usually within three to five days). However, […]

SmartLaw 2.0: expert insights for the future of law

A few years ago we offered SmartLaw: expert insights for the future of law. As expected, the legal industry has continued to evolve and so must SmartLaw in order to equip firms for the future. We still believe the original SmartLaw key concepts of clients, culture and technology are essential to successful firms, but we now must […]

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Legal Ombudsman recruits in Birmingham

The Legal Ombudsman has marked the opening of its new Birmingham office with the announcement of a recruitment drive that will see 300 new staff join the newly formed independent public body. The body, led by Chief Ombudsman Adam Sampson and based at Baskerville House, will investigate and resolve ­complaints made by legal services consumers. […]

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East Mids authorities shuffle advisers

A group of 50 East Midlands local authorities has reviewed its advisers, expanding its joint panel to include DLA Piper and Anthony Collins Solicitors, while ­kicking off Ashfords. The East Midlands Law Share (EMLS), which includes Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Councils, has reappointed Browne Jacobson, Freeth Cartwright and Weightmans for a ­further four years. The five panel firms will advise across […]

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Freshfields creates alumni pool for overflow work

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is set to tap into its network of alumni to handle an anticipated upturn in work levels later this year. The scheme, already given the working title of ’Fresh Work’, is aimed at former fee-earners at the magic circle firm who might be available to work either part-time or on a short-term […]

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Scottish big four to defect to England over ABS row

Top firms’ ultimatum escalates regulatory crisis north of the border The Scottish legal market is facing crisis, with an industry-wide argument over the introduction of alternative business ­structures (ABSs) having the potential to drive the big four firms south of the ­border for good. Dundas & Wilson, Maclay Murray & Spens, McGrigors and Shepherd & Wedderburn (S&W) are […]

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Eversheds on eggshells over Easter treats

Eversheds’ plan to ­present its staff with Easter eggs had to be put on hold after concerns that it might offend employees who do not celebrate the ­Christian festival. The firm’s diversity and equality policy states that the firm is “determined to create a working environment which […] is free from any form of discrimination […] within which all individuals are treated […]

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